Royal Palm Literary Award for Best Published Fantasy of 2019


I really have no words anymore, to describe how I’m feeling. Last fall, I entered the RITA® Awards on a whim. Then I thought, “It’s doubtful I’ll final in this, so why not enter a few more published book awards, just to see what happens? Maybe I’ll final in one or two, which would be really nice.”

Dudes. I entered my book in six prestigious literary contests. It finalled in five of them (including the RITAs!) and WON four awards. And ICYMI, this is the book that was rejected over 100 times by agents and editors, until The Wild Rose Press snapped it up!

To say I feel blessed is a massive understatement. But I don’t have any other words, so that’s what I’ll say: I’m so blessed to have traveled this journey, arduous and uphill though it was. I don’t expect it will ever get easier, but I’ve reached at least one summit, and I have to say, the view is pretty damn awesome.

Click for the full list of RPLA winners, or for more about DEBRIEFING THE DEAD.

(P.S. AFAIK, this book is not part of any more literary competitions, so if you’re tired of hearing about it winning all the time  ;), rest assured, I think awards season is over!!  :))

2019 RONE Award for Best Paranormal: Long

And the winner is… DEBRIEFING THE DEAD! I was so stunned, I made Mr. Author re-watch the awards show clip with me – twice.  :)  The entire awards ceremony can be streamed here, but if you just want to see my category (the LAST one!), it starts here.

Seriously – I know I keep saying this, but I’m still stunned. This has been such an AMAZING year. I never want to take any of it for granted, and I especially want to thank everyone who’s read it, and taken the time to rate/review it. The more that happens, the more readers will see it. And clearly, it’s a good book. (LOL!!!!)

Plus, the ebook is on SALE all month, for 99 cents, on Amazon, Apple Books, and Barnes & Noble. Great timing!!!  :)

5 Stars for PUBLISH OR PERISH from The Paranormal Romance Guild

Another great 5-star review for PUBLISH OR PERISH! It actually posted earlier this week, but it’s my first week back at school (I’m a middle school math teacher) and I’ve been even more insanely busy/overwhelmed than expected. So busy, I’m way behind on announcements, newsletters, planning for the first day of school (TUESDAY – EEK!) — pretty much everything!  :)

Anyway! Hope y’all have a wonderful Labor Day weekend!!

Link: http://bit.ly/POP5PRG

The Shadowheart Curse Book Launch is Today!

Karilyn BentleyMy friend and fellow Wild Rose Press author, Karilyn Bentley, wrote a book, which will be turned into a movie on Amazon! Not only that, but the group producing the movie, Deadly Ten, will be filming/documenting the actual production process, so you can see it unfolding before it’s released. What COOL concept, right??

All of that’s still a bit in the future. But TODAY is the launch for the book itself, and Karilyn’s having a huge party over on Facebook! Officially it’s from 5-8p EASTERN time, but all giveaways will be open until 10a ET tomorrow (Monday, 8/19/19), so if you miss the party, you can still enter to win before the deadline.

A dozen authors are participating (including me!!), and most of us are hosting giveaways. So that’s three hours of fun, games, and free stuff! Hope to see you there!!

Facebook Party

Bookstore Romance Day Recap

Terri & Kerry at Bookstore Romance Day

Terri & Kerry at Bookstore Romance Day!

Bookstore Romance Day at Jan’s Paperbacks in Beaverton was a HUGE success, IMO! The weather was perfect – mostly cloudy, but not too cold (or too hot/muggy) – and the Beaverton Farmer’s Market was going strong barely two blocks away. I got to meet so many interesting readers, as well as hang with some of my favorite fellow authors, like Kim Allred, Julie Cameron, and Terri Reed, to name just a few.

This is a national event, so if there wasn’t one in your area, click the link above and find a bookstore who might want to host one next year. Let’s celebrate books – and romance – and independent bookstores everywhere!!

NEW RELEASE GIVEAWAY!

PUBLISH OR PERISH is out TODAY, and I’m having a party! Join me on Facebook on August 5, 8am-8pm (https://www.facebook.com/events/729437567477282/) for games, goodies, and more!  The party has ended, but you can still enter to win at the Grand Prize Giveaway page thru 8/12/19 (http://www.rafflecopter.com/rafl/display/cdaa639f15/)! I’ve got FOUR free copies to share, in the winners’ choice of format (print [U.S. residents only!], Kindle, epub, or PDF), so please join in the fun!!

POP New Release Giveaway SQ

Royal Palm Literary Award Finalist

Oops…DEBRIEFING THE DEAD did it again!

Does that sound flip? I don’t mean it to be – really! I’m just so much in shock right now. (Again.) (Maybe, after all this, I should stop feeling shocked that people love this book as much as I do.  :))

This book. THIS book is…

I have no words. As an author, that tells you something of my state of mind.

Over ONE HUNDRED rejections for this book (at least 124, after which I stopped counting). And now it’s a double-winner in the HOLT Medallion contest (Best Paranormal AND Best First Book), Romance Writers of America RITA® Award Finalist, Booksellers Best Patti Shenberger Award Finalist for Best First Book, InD’tale Magazine RONE Award Finalist, AND this – a Royal Palm Literary Award Finalist.

This has been such a crazy journey so far. Tomorrow, we leave for New York, and in about nine days, I’ll know the results of both the Booksellers Best award (on Wednesday 7/24) and the RITAs (Friday 7/26). Both the RONEs and the RPLA banquet are in October. Eek!

Has anyone seen my fingernails?? I think I chewed them all off already…..

HOLT Medallion Winner for Best Paranormal and Best First Book

Can you stand even MORE good news?? I am in shock – and feel SO honored and blessed to announce that DEBRIEFING THE DEAD is a Double Winner in the HOLT Medallion Contest, for Best Paranormal and Best First Book! I can’t even begin to describe how I feel, so I’m just going to say I cried. And still feel like crying. Tears of joy and pride, of course – especially because this award is 100% judged by readers. I am SO happy right now!

In fact…. I’m so happy, I’m celebrating with another big giveaway!! I’ll be officially hosting it on the OSRBC Facebook Page, but for those who don’t use Facebook, you can follow the link below and enter to win a Grand Prize Pack of autographed print* copies of both books in The Dead Series (DEBRIEFING THE DEAD and WAKING THE DEAD), or digital copies of both books (second place) or choice of one book (third place).

Ready? Enter here and good luck!

* NOTE: Print copies available only to U.S. residents. In the event an international winner is chosen for the Grand Prize, digital copies will be substituted for the print ones. For further rules and regulations, please see the contest entry page.

Debriefing the Dead is Officially a 2019 RONE Finalist

I’m so excited to announce that DEBRIEFING THE DEAD is officially a 2019 InD’tale Magazine RONE Finalist in the Paranormal: Long category! Thank you to everyone who voted in the Semifinals – you guys are AWESOME!

And in the same issue of InD’tale Magazine (June 2019) is an awesome review of WAKING THE DEAD, which reads, in part, “Fans of shows like Constantine or Supernatural will absolutely love this book.”

 

Thank you to everyone who has supported me on this crazy journey! It just keeps getting crazier!!!  :)